Verner "Vern" E. Gabany

  • Born: May 12, 1930
  • Died: January 11, 2015
  • Location: Campobello, South Carolina

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Spartanburg, SC 29306

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Verner "Vern" Emil Gabany, 84, of Campobello, SC, died Sunday, January 11, 2015, at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills-Landrum. Born May 12, 1930, in Charleston, WV, he was the son of the late Alexander Emil and Madeline Mae Mason Gabany.

Vern loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and served Him faithfully. He adored his wife Alta and was the best father in the world to his two sons. He enjoyed sending birthday cards to family members, friends, and business acquaintances.

Mr. Gabany was the valedictorian of the Class of 1948 at St. Albans High School. A U. S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, Vern met Alta Crawford while stationed in Oklahoma, and they were married in 1952. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1955 as a Staff Sergeant. Following the war, he worked for Union Carbide in Charleston, WV, was transferred to Cleveland, OH, and then to Simpsonville, SC in 1965. He was also a sales representative for Dexter Corp. until his retirement in 1992. Upon retirement, Vern still enjoyed working as he served as a consultant for Dexter Corp. and worked for American Storage until retiring in 2012 at the age of 82.

Mr. Gabany was a member of First Baptist North Spartanburg. He taught Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church for 30 years. His personal accomplishments include donating 161 pints of blood to the Red Cross and other donation centers. He was a 50 year veteran of the Boy Scouts of America, Scoutmaster of Troop #3, a member of the Order of the Arrow, awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 1988, and earned the Wood Badge Award. In 1976, Vern went to Philmont Scout Ranch and led the Scouts in his hiking group.

He received the Gold Coat Award while president of the Blue Ridge Sertoma, served as president of the Breakfast Optimist Club in 1978, past governor of the Optimist Club for the State of South Carolina 1981-1982, and served on the board for the Salvation Army.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 62 years, Alta Crawford Gabany; two sons, Phillip Gabany (Kathy) of Warrenton, VA, and their two children, Andrew and Maggie, and Randy Gabany (Marcy) of Campobello, SC, and their three children, Miranda, Mikala, and Patton; and great-grandson, Evan Turner; two brothers, Alex Gabany (Nona) of North Carolina and Bobby Gabany (Marilyn) of Florida; sister, Betty Jo Gabany of Campobello, SC; and seven nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Don Gabany.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307, by the Rev. Dr. Michael Hamlet. Private entombment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Heritage Chapel Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist North Spartanburg General Fund, 8740 Asheville Hwy, Spartanburg, SC 29316; or The Salvation Army, PO Drawer 2909, Spartanburg, SC 29304 or online at

The family is at the home of Randy Gabany.

Floyd's North Church Street Chapel


Condolence & Memory Journal

Alta, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Debbie Britt    January 17, 2015

So sorry for your loss. I remember Mr Gabany and Randy from summer camp days at Boy Scout Camp Palmetto. Enjoyed many games of horseshoes with both.

Posted by Billy Inman - Landrum, SC - Friend   January 14, 2015

Saddened to learn of Vern's passing. We are cousins. Although we have not seen each other for many years, and like so many- greeting cards have been our link. Cards of faith & the familiar scroll signature helped to keep our connection. The memories live on. God Bless, Mike & Connie Stone

Posted by Mike Stone - Seth, WV   January 13, 2015


Just wanted to let the family know we are praying for them and we love them.

Posted by Johnny, Kathryn and Johnathan Wallace - Marietta, SC - Friend   January 12, 2015

Vern was a very nice guy.Played volleyball with him at the Spartanburg YMCA regularly back in the 1970's ..He was a spry and peppy player.Did not see him again until about 2008 when I rented space at American Storage.He was still just as friendly, upbeat and spry as he was 30 years earlier...He really did some good things especially those that made young people better adults and citizens..My condolences to his family. Robert French

Posted by Robert French - Southport, NC - friend   January 12, 2015

To the Gabany Family, We are saddened to hear about Vern passing. We will be praying for you all during this difficult time. He was a joy to know for so many years. Dewey and Brenda Nichols

Posted by Dewey and Brenda Nichols - Inman, SC - friend   January 12, 2015